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// Mini announces plans to start converting classic models to EVs

Reviving classic cars with electric power is not a new idea, people have been doing it for some time now, but it sounds like Mini will be the first official automotive brand to have a go at it.

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// Audi’s new RS 3 a hot commodity

Audi Sport models, which comprise all those with that little RS badge on them, have a keen following here in New Zealand.

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// Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi to reveal 2030 EV plans

A plan to triple investment in EVs for more than 20 billion euros during the next five years is reportedly coming from Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi.

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// Video: Cybertruck likened to ‘stainless-steel refrigerator’

The Tesla Cybertruck’s production might be delayed until early 2023 but that hasn’t stopped a sneak peek video being produced of the “prototype’s” exterior.

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// BMW unveils updated 8 Series, including tweaked M8 Competition

BMW’s big, bruising 8 Series coupe line-up has been given a mild mid-life update across the board for the 2023 model year, with a more-of-the-same ethos on the horizon for the nameplate.

// VW teams with biggest car-parts maker to boost self-driving

Volkswagen is partnering with Robert Bosch GmbH to bolster its automated-driving push and catch up with the likes of Tesla Inc. on software development.

// Clean Car plans will hit deadline – Minister

The government’s Clean Car legislation and subsequent work will hit its deadline the transport minister Michael Wood has told AutoTalk.


IN OTHER NEWS

// Dodge is hiring a Chief Donut Maker

Dodge is currently hiring a Chief Donut Maker, who will get paid $150,000 USD to make donuts all year long.

// Toyota, Hyundai see light at the end of semiconductor shortage tunnel

Two of the world’s biggest car manufacturers believe that the semiconductor shortage issues that have plagued the car industry over the last few years could soon come to a close.

// More hybrids in RAV4 range

Marque says model’s fuel efficiency and emissions output have boosted private and fleet sales.

// Armstrong’s moving to Panmure super-site

Armstrong’s has announced it has secured the two-hectare site at 8 Forge Way, Panmure previously occupied by Fleet Partners.

// Industry body offers traffic light advice

Association shares simple, visual guide to help automotive businesses better understand Covid-19 traffic light rules.

// Tesla Model 3 and Model S expected to be recalled in NZ

New Zealand’s most popular electric vehicle and its larger, pricier sibling could potentially inherit a pair of recall notices if recent developments over the ditch and around the world are anything to go by.

// NZ details and specs revealed for the Kia EV6

The new year has started in electric fashion for Kia, with the marque announcing key specification details of the new all-electric EV6.


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